KS4 - Current Year 11

Current Year 11 Key Stage 4 Science

We offer the following courses at Newlands Girls’ School.  All courses can be entered at either Higher

(grades A*-C) or Foundation (grades C-G) Level.  The examamination board we use is AQA.


Double Science
• Core and Additional Science GCSEs


Triple (Separate) Science
• Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs


GCSE Core Science

Course Structure
Students sit 3 written examinations and complete 2 practical examinations (ISAs).  These are sat at the end of Year 10.


Unit 1: Biology 1 (B1)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• Keeping Healthy
• Nerves and Hormones
• The Use and Abuse of Drugs
• Interdependence and Adaptation
• Energy and Biomass in Food Chains
• Waste Materials from Plants and Animals
• Genetic Variation and its Control
• Evolution


Unit 2: Chemistry 1 (C1)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• The Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry
• Limestone and Building Materials
• Metals and their Uses
• Crude Oil and Fuels
• Other Useful Substances from Crude Oil
• Plant Oils and Their Uses
• Changes in the Earth and its Atmosphere


Unit 3: Physics 1 (P1)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• The Transfer of Energy by Heating and the Factors that Affect the Rate at Which Energy is Transferred
• Energy and Efficiency
• The Usefulness of Electrical Appliances
• Methods we use to Generate Electricity
• The Use of Waves for Communication and to Provide Evidence that the Universe is Expanding


Unit 4: Controlled Assessment
An Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) of two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing
50 marks (25%)


GCSE Additional Science

Course Structure
Students sit 3 written examinations and complete 2 practical examinations (ISAs).  These are sat at the end of Year 11.


Unit 1: Biology 2 (B2)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• Cells and Simple Cell Transport
• Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems
• Photosynthesis
• Organisms and their Environment
• Proteins – their Function and Uses
• Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
• Cell Division and Inheritance
• Speciation


Unit 2: Chemistry 2 (C2)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• Structure and Bonding
• How Structure Influences the Properties and Uses of Substances
• Atomic Structure, Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry
• Rates of Reaction
• Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
• Acids, Bases and Salts
• Electrolysis


Unit 3: Physics 2 (P2)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• Forces and their Effects
• The Kinetic Energy of Objects Speeding up or Slowing Down
• Current in Electrical Circuits
• Using Mains Electricity Safely and the Power of Electrical Appliances
• What Happens when Radioactive Substances Decay, and the Uses and Dangers of their Emissions
• Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion


Unit 4: Controlled Assessment
An Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) of two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing
50 marks (25%)


GSCE Triple Science

Course Structure
Triple Scientists study both Core (in Year 9) and Additional (in Year 10) material and in Year 11 study a further 3 units. 


Unit 1: Biology 3 (B3)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• Movement of Molecules in and out of Cells
• Transport Systems in Plants and Animals
• Homeostasis
• Humans and their Environment


Unit 2: Chemistry 3 (C3)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• The Periodic Table
• Water
• Calculating and Explaining Energy Changes
• Further Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry
• The Production of Ammonia
• Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids and Esters


Unit 3: Physics 3 (P3)
1 hour written paper: 60 marks (25%)
Structured and closed questions including at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.
Students study topics on:
• Medical Applications of Physics
• Using Physics to Make Things Move
• Keeping Things Moving
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment
An Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) of two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing
50 marks (25%)


More Information

AQA Website
www.aqa.org.uk
Subjects->Science->GCSE
BBC Bitesize
www.bbc.co.ul/bitesize
GCSE->Science
Look at the AQA sections for either Core Science or Additional Science
Science Clinic
An opportunity for students to drop in a receive support for their Science studies.
Thursday after school until 4:00p.m. in Lab 22.

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